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Education in Health Care for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Preparation for a career in health care can begin as early as middle school by attending camps and classes in the sciences, and should continue through high school preparing for college or training courses that correlate with the field students show an interest and aptitude in.  The National Institutes of Health have resources for students and teachers interested in science education. 

The participating partner institutions have a variety of health care-related majors for students to choose from:

Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT's College of Health Science and Technology offers bachelor's degrees in:

And master's degrees in:

In addition to these majors, RIT has established an innovative partnership with the Rochester General Health System that allows students gain advanced knowledge in the theoretical science and practical application of experiential learning environments. These experiences prepare students to serve as practition­ers, scientists, and leaders through their contribution to, and provision of, high-quality patient care, health care service, and/or applied biomedical research.

RIT's College of Science offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in:

RIT's College of Liberal Arts offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in:

RIT is unique because it combines strong academic training with a career focus. The department offers M.S., Advanced Certificates, B.S., minors, immersions, and electives. The B.S. degree provides a general foundation in psychology with specialized training in one of five tracks: biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and visual perception. The M.S. degrees are in School Psychology and Experimental Psychology with Advanced Certification in Engineering Psychology.

RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in:

Biomedical engineering applies the principles and theories of engineering to solve problems in a widely varied field of medicine. Biomedical engineers can be found working alongside scientists, other engineering professionals, and medical practitioners to evaluate the complex, interdependent systems of the human body to develop effective solutions to enhance the quality of life for patients.

RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf offers the Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting program:

CHI provides specialized professional development to ASL/English interpreters in the area of healthcare interpreting, and employs innovative teaching by nationally recognized healthcare experts combined with practical application within healthcare environments.

Gallaudet University

Located in Washington, D.C., Gallaudet University Gallaudet University is a leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Gallaudet enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on history, language, culture and other topics related to deaf people; and offers bachelor's degrees in the following health care-related fields:

Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences

Biology program
Science, Technology, & Mathematics

Genetics program

Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Chemistry & Physics Program

Department of Counseling

Department of Psychology

Health and Wellness Programs (peer health advocates)

Visual Language & Visual Learning

Brain and Language Lab

Department of Social Work

And master's and professional programs in a variety of health care and administrative areas.

University of Rochester Medical Center

URMC, part of the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., is home to a world-reknown School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Nursing.

In undergraduate medical education, the concept of integrating cutting-edge, evidenced-based medical science and the relationship-centered art of clinical medical practice is embodied in our "Double Helix Curriculum," which interweaves basic science and clinical work throughout all four years of medical school.

This blend of the art and science of medicine also distinguishes our post-graduate medical education, where residents and fellowsreceive intensive, specialized training in virtually all medical and dental specialties and subspecialties.

Graduate Education offers more than 25 master’s and Ph.D. degree programs that span the biomedical and health sciences. The School offers world-class faculty and research facilities as well as innumerable opportunities for students to collaborate across disciplines to produce innovative science and technology that improves health.

Postdoctoral appointments are available in a wide variety of research laboratories. This training is an important step toward a career in academia, industry or government, and the postdoctoral scholars make important contributions to the research mission of the Medical Center. The Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairsoversees the policies for postdoctoral appointees at the University of Rochester Medical Center. All of these programs are part of theSchool of Medicine and Dentistry.

RIT/NTID's Amy Lucero discusses her passion for science and how she is preparing for her career:



The RIT Student: Amy Lucero

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